Impeachment can cancel an election
Five to eight / Donald Trump: His support is waning
For the second time, impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump in the American Senate have failed. There were only seven votes for it from the Grand Old Party, it would have taken seventeen to convict him. This also prevents the Democrats from having another vote in which they could be excluded from public office for all time by a simple majority, including a second presidential candidacy.
What at first glance appears to be a clear acquittal was in fact a clear conviction. Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell harshly accused the ex-president of "shameful breach of duty": "The leader of the free world cannot rant for weeks that dark forces are stealing our country and then act silly when they him Belief and recklessness [...] The people who stormed the Capitol Building thought they were acting on the wishes and orders of their President, the foreseeable consequence of a swelling crescendo of flawed explanations, conspiracy theories and excessive exaggeration made by the defeated President the loudest megaphone on planet earth [...] A mob attacked the Capitol on his behalf. These criminals carried his banners, hung his flags and shouted loyalty to him. There is no question that President Trump was practically and morally responsible for inciting the events of the day ch is. "
The head of the Democrats' impeachment management team couldn't have put it more sharply. For four years McConnell had held up the rod to Donald Trump, but most recently, when he was supposed to see to the annulment of the legitimate election result, he broke with him - and now it broke out of him. He justified the rejection of the application for subsequent removal from office with a detailed legal question. According to its narrow interpretation of Article 2.4 of the American Constitution, the Senate does not have the authority to replace a president who is no longer in office.
"He hasn't gotten away with anything yet"
This interpretation is not undisputed among constitutional lawyers, but it is nevertheless possible. It is not entirely kosher, of course, because McConnell, who was chairman of the Republican majority faction until January 20, had sent the Senate on vacation the week before, thus preventing the House of Representatives' indictment from being dealt with in the Chamber of States as long as Trump was still in office (as it took him four weeks to acknowledge Joe Biden's election victory).
So be it. In the end, he no longer made a murder pit out of his heart. For tactical reasons, following the mood of the majority of his parliamentary group, he agreed to a constitutional formality to justify the non-condemnation. But at the same time he makes it clear that Trump is not yet off the hook. He is still liable for everything he did during his tenure. "He hasn't gotten away with anything yet."
He probably won't get away with it either. He can still be prosecuted - and not just in New York because of his past financial conduct. In Washington, an investigation into the background and course of the riot on January 6 is ongoing, Trump's role will be investigated. Georgia is under investigation for his pressure on state officials to falsify the election results in his favor ("I only need 11,000 votes. Give me a break."). And individual victims of the brutal riot in Congress could also go to court against him.
In Florida, Donald Trump celebrated his acquittal as cockily as ever. The impeachment process is just another phase in the greatest witch hunt in US history. "Our historical, patriotic and beautiful movement Make America Great Again has only just started. I will have a lot to share with you over the next few months. I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together ... We have so much to do. Soon we will come out with a vision for a bright, bright, and limitless American future. "
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I doubt it'll be of much use to him. Too many ugly details came to light in the four days of the impeachment process. That he, following the riot on TV, accused the Vice President of lacking courage on Twitter when the mob was about to hang Pence. That he callously countered the Republican parliamentary group leader in the House of Representatives, who pleaded with him on the phone for help against the rioters: "I think these people are more upset than you about the stolen election." And that he apparently also ignored the urging of his employees - and even his daughter Ivanka - to end the riot. When he finally asked his followers to go home, he smeared honey around their mouths: "Go home in peace. We love you. You're very special."
In my opinion, Trump has false hopes. He is thoroughly discredited. Many Senate Republicans share McConnell's view: They think the ex-president is guilty even though they didn't want to convict him. Neither is Mar-a-Lago the White House; Trump lacks visibility and presidential permanent presence in the media. And his ambition for a second presidency will clash with the ambitions of many disciples. Why should Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley or Liz Cheney, to name just a few possible candidates, give priority to a 78-year-old in 2024? A scandal-ridden person who is always sitting in the dock somewhere? Donald Trump's future is politically, legally and possibly financially bleak.
The decent Trumpists will not shut themselves off forever. His backing is crumbling. He doesn't have a majority in the country. Even today, Joe Biden is 61 to 39 percent far ahead of the pensioner in his Palm Beach exile in public opinion.
Peter Baker and Sabrina Tavernise, "One Legacy of Impeachment: The Most Complete Account So Far of Jan. 6," New York Times, February 13, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/13/us /politics/capitol-riots-impeachment-trial.html
Donald Trump, Statement, @TrumpWar Room, February 13, 2021
Gilles Paris, "Donald Trump acquitté sans gloire", Le Monde, February 14, 2021, https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/02/14/etats-unis-donald-trump-acquitte-sans -gloire-dans-son-proces-en-destitution_6069883_3210.html
Editorial, "Donald Trump’s tarnished acquittal", Financial Times, February 14, 2021, https://www.ft.com/content/ab63151c-62bf-45f2-9122-8a48f86a4357
Nikolaus Busse, "A necessary procedure", FAZ, February 15, 2021 https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/usa-nach-dem-impeachment-trump-anhaenger-iegen-eine-unsichere-wette -ein-17197613.html
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